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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Tan G, Singh M, He J, John VT, McPherson GL
Article Title: Use of a self-assembling organogel as a reverse template in the preparation of imprinted porous polymer films.
Publication date: 2005
Journal: Langmuir
Volume: 21
Issue: (20)
Page numbers: 9322-9326.
DOI: 10.1021/la051080t

Abstract: The concept of reverse templating of an organogel to form imprinted porous divinylbenzene polymer films with submicrometer channels is demonstrated. The organogel comprising a 1:1 molar ratio of two organogelators, that is, bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate and 4-chlorophenol, was formed in divinylbenzene. The gel was cast as a thin film before UV polymerization of the solvent, and the organogelators were later removed by simple washing with water and isooctane. The integrity of the fiber bundles of the organogel was preserved during polymerization, and an exact hollow replica was obtained after the organogelators were leached away. It is easily possible to imprint gel fiber bundle structures into polymeric films through this technique. The gel can also be formed on macroporous substrates to yield supported thin porous polymeric films. With the incorporation of functional nanoparticles in AOT inverse micelles and hence the organogel, nanoparticle-containing porous polymer films exhibiting luminescence or magnetic properties are envisioned.

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